Lat­vian pres­i­dent nom­i­nates NCP leader Jā­nis Bordāns for the post of prime min­is­ter

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Lat­vian Pres­i­dent Rai­monds Vējo­nis has de­cided to en­trust the for­ma­tion of the govern­ment of the Repub­lic of Latvia to New Con­ser­va­tive Party’s can­di­date Jā­nis Bordāns.

The pres­i­dent in­vited him to form a new govern­ment within two weeks and se­cure ma­jor­ity sup­port for it. If no agree­ment is reached by 21 November, the pres­i­dent will pick some­one else to form the govern­ment. NCP was third dur­ing Saeima elec­tions. The party has re­ceived six­teen seats in the new par­lia­ment.

Politi­cians elected to the Saeima have yet to reach an agree­ment in re­gards to the govern­ment and com­po­si­tion of the coali­tion. Six po­lit­i­cal par­ties are in­volved in the govern­ment for­ma­tion talks – NCP, KPV LV, At­tīstībai/Par!, Na­tional Al­liance, Union of Greens and Farm­ers and New Unity. Three po­lit­i­cal par­ties have taken the ini­tia­tive in govern­ment for­ma­tion talks – KPV LV, NCP and AP. Each party has picked their own prime min­is­ter can­di­date: KPV LV has picked Aldis Gobzems, NCP has picked Bordāns and AP has picked Ar­tis Pabriks. Un­til now no par­tic­u­lar prime min­is­ter can­di­date was out­lined in govern­ment for­ma­tion talks. NCP has made it clear it will not work in the same coali­tion with the Union of Greens and Farm­ers. Other par­ties, on the other hand, have men­tioned readi­ness to work with this party.

The pres­i­dent has met with all par­ties elected to the 13th Saeima and prime min­is­ter can­di­dates. Vējo­nis had pre­vi­ously crit­i­cized po­lit­i­cal par­ties for fail­ing to reach an agree­ment on the coali­tion quickly. Ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion from LETA, in 1993 Bordāns par­tic­i­pated in Saeima elec­tions from Latvi­jas ceļš. Bordāns was not elected, but was ac­cepted to the par­lia­ment with a ‘soft man­date’. In the Saeima he worked in the Le­gal Af­fairs Com­mis­sion, Par­lia­men­tary In­quiry Com­mit­tee and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion com­mis­sion re­spon­si­ble for look­ing into Lat­t­ele­com ac­tiv­i­ties.

Bordāns did not work in other Saeima’s be­fore be­ing elected to the 13th Saeima. He did can­di­date in Riga City Coun­cil elec­tions – in 1997 as a can­di­date of Latvi­jas ceļš and again in 2017 as a can­di­date from the New Con­ser­va­tive Party. He was also elected to Riga City Coun­cil. His party now works in the city coun­cil’s op­po­si­tion. Bordāns has ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in other posts as well. For ex­am­ple, in 2010 he was then the Prime Min­is­ter Valdis Dom­brovskis’ ad­vi­sor and par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary. In 2012 he was the act­ing par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary to Jus­tice Min­istry.

In 2012 Bordāns be­came the can­di­date pro­posed by the Na­tional Al­liance for the post of Latvia’s Jus­tice Min­is­ter. One year later, how­ever, the party turned to the prime min­is­ter and in­formed him of the plans to pull Bordāns from this post.

Valdis Dom­brovskis, said he would not re­quest Bordāns to step down. He ex­plained that it was nec­es­sary to fin­ish the min­is­ter’s pro­posed re­forms as pre­vi­ously agreed by the coali­tion’s work group. Bordāns lost his post in Jus­tice Min­istry in November 2013 along with other min­is­ters af­ter Dom­brovskis stepped down af­ter the tragedy in Zoli­tude.

In 2014, Bordāns be­came one of the founders of the New Con­ser­va­tive Party.

Evija Tri­fanova/LETA

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